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Measuring the Quality of Care of Diabetic Patients at the Specialist Outpatient Clinics in Public Hospitals in Singapore

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Hip Fractures in the Elderly: The Impact of Comorbid Illnesses on Hospitalisation Costs

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A Review of Geriatric Education in Singapore

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Multimodal Therapeutic Approach in Acute Ischaemic Stroke with Real-time Neurovascular Monitoring

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Profiling Acute Presenting Symptoms of Geriatric Patients Attending an Urban Hospital Emergency Department

Singapore’s population is ageing rapidly. Today 1 out of every 12 Singaporeans is aged 65 or above. In 2030, it is expected to be...

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Timing of Arrival to a Tertiary Hospital after Acute Ischaemic Stroke – A Follow-up Survey 5 Years Later

Intravenous tPA is a proven treatment for acute ischaemic stroke. However as it has to be given in a narrow time window from symptom...

Alzheimer’s disease–The Inexorable Epidemic

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia which refers collectively to syndromes of progressive deterioration of memory along with other cognitive...

Unusual Cause for Unilateral Headache: A Quadrigeminal Cistern Arachnoid Cyst

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Validity and Reliability of the Expectations Regarding Aging (ERA-12) Instrument among Middle-Aged Singaporeans

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Junior Doctors’ Attitudes Towards Older Adults and its Correlates in a Tertiary-care Public Hospital

Singapore is a rapidly ageing society. The proportion of older persons above the age of 65 was 6.8% of the population in 1995 and...

Genome-wide Association Studies: Promises and Pitfalls

Genetic testing is an important means to confirm the diagnosis of an inheritable disease. For this to be feasible, genes that are associated with...

Clinical Outcome Following Treatment of Stable and Unstable Intertrochanteric Fractures with Dynamic Hip Screw

Intertrochanteric (IT) fracture is among the most common orthopedic injuries in the elderly population, and is associated with osteoporosis. It usually occurs as a...

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Despite the continuing emergence of sophisticated technology to aid diagnosis, many experienced clinicians continue to believe that bedside clinical skills relating to communication and...

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Since the first case of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in Singapore was identified in 1985, the incidence of HIV/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) has steadily...

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Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) and anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion (ACCF) are performed for decompression of the spine when the primary compressive...

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A Decade of Progress in the Understanding, Prevention and Treatment of Age-related Macular Degeneration in Singapore

The year 2014 had marked the 10th anniversary of the nationwide Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Week in Singapore.1 This public health campaign, organised...

Evidence-balanced Medicine: “Real” Evidence-based Medicine in the Elderly

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Dear Editor, Chorea is a well-recognised albeit rare neuropsychiatric manifestation of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We describe here a case of a 67-year-old woman presenting...

Prehabilitation and Its Role in Geriatric Surgery

The population in Singapore is ageing rapidly. According to statistics, by 2030, 1 in 2 adults in Singapore will be >65 years old. As...

Attendance for ischaemic stroke before and during COVID-19 lockdown in Singapore

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak has impacted healthcare systems worldwide. Globally, visits to the emergency department have fallen as much as 25% during...

Congenital adhesion band causing recurrent subacute intestinal obstruction in a virgin abdomen

Intestinal obstruction (IO) caused by malignancy and adhesion bands from previous surgery is common among adults. However, IO caused by congenital adhesion bands (CAB)...

Rare homozygous PRKN exon 8 and 9 deletion in Malay familial early-onset Parkinson’s disease

Little is known about the genetics of Parkinson’s disease (PD) in Southeast Asian populations.1 We extended knowledge of the Southeast Asian monogenic PD landscape...

Tackling osteoporosis and fragility fractures in Singapore

A shift in worldwide population ageing demographics has occurred in the 21st century. The longevity miracle is most keenly felt in Singapore, a young...

Neuro-Behçet’s disease presenting as isolated intracranial hypertension

Behçet’s disease (BD) is a chronic multisystem inflammatory disease with a classic triad of painful oral ulcers, genital ulcers and uveitis. Neurological manifestations, though...

Cost of inpatient rehabilitation for children with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury

The cost of rehabilitation for children post-traumatic brain injury (TBI) is significant. The annual total healthcare cost of TBI had been estimated to range...

Long-term outcomes of ischaemic stroke patients with diabetes in a multi-ethnic cohort in Singapore

Asia faces an epidemic of diabetes. The prevalence of diabetes in Asia is projected to grow from 114 million in 2007 to 180 million...

Recurrent vascular events in ischaemic stroke patients with diabetes

Stroke is a major cause of death and disability globally, with 6.55 million deaths (95% uncertainty interval 6.00–7.02 million), 101 million prevalent cases...

The Singapore Cerebral Palsy Registry: An important new resource for cerebral palsy research

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a common, lifelong disorder of movement and posture resulting from an insult or maldevelopment of the developing brain. The movement...